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Condolences continue to pour in

Special Correspondent

Photo: C.Ratheesh kumar

homage:People paying homage to K.Karunakaran when his body was kept at the Durbar Hall of the Secretariat on Friday; right, Chief Minister


Thiruvananthapuram: Messages condoling the death of the veteran Congress leader K. Karunakaran continued to pour in on Friday.

The Kerala Gandhi Smarak Nidhi, the Gandhi Peace Foundation, the Sarvodaya Mandalam and the Prakrithi Jeevana Samithi, in a joint statement, expressed deep anguish at the death of the former Chief Minister.

Kanthapuram Aboobacker Musaliar, general secretary, All India Jamiyyathul Ulama, said Karunakaran took personal care to maintain friendly ties with all religious bodies and their leaders.

He always used to nurture friendship irrespective whether he was in power or not. Thiruvananthapuram Mayor K. Chandrika expressed condolences on behalf of the City Corporation.

The Director and staff of the Sree Chithira Tirunal Institute for Medical Science and Technology remembered Karunakaran's guidance, services and support to the institute when he was the Chief Minister, Union Minister and MP.

The Kerala Pradesh Gandhi Yuva Mandalam, the Kerala Pradesh Matsya Thozhilali Congress, the Kerala Pradesh Congress Minority Department, the Indian National Trade Union Congress, the Kerala Public Sector Officers Congress, the Kerala Public Service Commission Staff Association, the Indian Union Muslim League District Committee, the Kerala Primary and Secondary Teachers Union, the Government Teachers Association, the Travancore Devaswom Board, the Margi Kathakali Centre, the Indian Medical Association and the Trivandrum Chamber of Commerce, in separate messages, paid tributes to Mr. Karunakaran.

MES

K. Karunakaran was one who sincerely worked for the betterment of backward communities, Muslim Educational Society (MES) president P.A. Fazal Gafoor said in Kozhikode on Friday. In a condolence message, Mr. Gafoor said the leader played a key role in the development of MES institutions.

The ‘eminent leader' showed no hesitation in bestowing minority status on MES, the message said.

In Kasaragod

A sense of loss prevailed among the people in Kasaragod as representatives of various organisations paid glowing tributes to K. Karunakaran, who passed away on Thursday. Black flags were put up at various places in the district, which owed much to the departed political patriarch for providing special identity for Kasaragod by formally announcing the setting up the 14th district of Kerala on May 24, 1984, at a public function here during his tenure as Chief Minister.

Terming Kasaragod one of the “most beautiful districts in India,” Karunakaran had declared the district formation through a special gazette notification, fulfilling a long cherished aspiration of the local people clamouring for faster economic development of the relatively backward region.

The festive spirit associated with Christmas was seemingly missing among the floating population in the towns as a few Kerala State Road Transport Corporation buses had posters of Karunakaran pasted on them. Hundreds of people from across the district staged a ‘silent march' in various localities to pay homage to the veteran leader.

In his condolence message, Indian Union Muslim League (IUML) leader and local MLA C.T. Ahamedali said the demise of Karunakaran was a major loss and setback for the national political front.

IUML leader and district UDF chairman Cherkalam Abdulla, Congress leader from Karnataka T.M. Shaheed, Bharatiya Janata Party State general secretary K Surendran were among those who condoled Karunakaran's death.

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